As it was implanted in a corner ground, the house is open to the outside at the four cardinal points. The corners are free and transparent; however, all the internal circulation and intimate course are protected.

Project name: JULIETA HOUSE
Company name: Steck arquitetura

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Project location: Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Completion Year: 2019
building area: 643,58 m²

Other participants:

  1. Project author:  architect Maria Jocelei Steck
  2. Office team: Danilo Pena Maia, Maise Ebinger, Irianna Steck, Thais Freitas, Rafaela Cerdera, Carla Negri Orsolano, Amanda Toledo.
  3. Structural engineer: Cid Guimaraes & Albieri ( CGA engenharia de estruturas)
  4. Lighting project: felipe!abujamra/ABRDCompany ( luminotecnic project)

Photo credits: adriano pacelli

Julieta House By Steck Arquitetura - Sheet3The house is built in three floors: the ground floor, where all the social interaction happens, the superior floor – intimate – and the inferior floor, where there is a garage, warehouse and the maintenance equipment.

The sloping and hooked ceiling gives amplitude to the social area while it also makes the area cosy. The generous 3m swing invites and protects who approach the house from the main entrance.

The concrete is added subtly in the landscape through the hooked and minimally curved slabs.

Julieta House By Steck Arquitetura - Sheet4The pool

Appropriate for the tropical climate of the region, we projected the pool in a way it has sunny and shady areas to soften the heat and to protect from directly sunlight during some hours and seasons of the year. At one side, there is a garden pergola for shady and to create a resting area in the water. At the other side, there is a continuous exposition to sunlight with a small beach and deck.

We designed stairs that begin at the terrace and go in direction to the pool, entering from all levels, allowing a smooth walk during the whole way inside de water, step by step, and create small internal courts inside the pool in its different levels until they end up at the swimming streak.

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Comfort and efficiency

In order to make the project sustainable, we designed: a solar water heater, photovoltaic solar panels to produce electricity, rainwater catchment system to irrigate the garden, large overhangs and roof garden for thermal comfort, double glasses to provide thermoacoustic comfort, brise soleil with movable flaps that control isolation and ventilation, and an elevator for accessibility.

We projected the garden pergola and some of its pillars made of glued laminated wood, protected by metal ruffles, to create shade in the pool area. We used additive concrete in the hooked and sloping slabs for waterproofing. We designed some glazed hollows and ribbed slabs strategically located to allow light during the day or to appreciate the moon at night.

Julieta House By Steck Arquitetura - Sheet7Between, across, gaps, landscape

“Gaps. Pauses. Glimpses of an instant in suspension. The gaps induce us to look at each other. Or to look more closely so we can see”. (CALZAVARA, Ana. Frestas).

We work with gaps, be they between slobs, in the top openings, in the upper oval opening of the double right-hand cellar, in movable wing blinds. Gaps among the woody pergolas over the roof, over the pool, over the garden.

Pergolas, terraces, rooms, scullery, balcony with barbecue place, areas that can be closed or totally opened by large double glazed window frames/panels that retract, allowing total integration and/or creating transition spaces.

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Respecting the geography, the house is not implanted as an abrupt block in the surroundings, but it stands out for its simply fineness, sitting softly.

materialization of buildings in the list below:

  1. WEIKU_PVC FRAMES | Titan Tec Line with 1.5mm thick aluminum cover used on the PVC profile in order to get optimum acoustic and thermal isolation.
  2. HUNTER DOUGLAS_METALBRISE | Metalbrise model in extruded aluminum is a solar protection system composed of sliding panels with moving fins for greater control of ventilation and insolation. It can be used internally or externally. In the project we’ve installed it externally for protection and energy efficiency with minimal structural overload.
  3. CEBRACE_SAINT GOBAIN _double glasses (CEBRACE) to provide thermoacoustic.
  4. REWOOD_ MLC the garden pergola and some of its pillars made of glued laminated wood, protected by metal ruffles
  5. SCHOLL MÓVEIS _woodworking
  6. FORMA FINAL_stones


Maria Jocelei Steck, an Brazilian Architect  based in Campinas, São Paulo, created and leads a team at Steck Arquitetura: an architecture, urbanism and design office that has won several important awards (such as: IAB , Saint-Gobain Award, Architect and Urbanist Ricardo Badaró Award). They works in the most diverse scales and answers with constant research and reflective exercise to the questions of the contemporary architecture and priorize customers, with total commitment, collaboratively, at the center of their creative process and early design. She tries to work together with as experts from different disciplines and other stakeholders, seeking to provide the best experience and quality.

Attentive to the demands of a changing society, she seeks to work with diversity and transform lifestyles into intelligent, flexible, beautiful spaces, within comfort, through the tripod of socio-cultural, economic and environmental development. Always taking care of the compatibility and meticulous detailing for understanding and integration of processes.


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